GCR 100 - 12th Edition

PLMJ

30 January 2012

Portugal

Partners and Who’s Who Legal nominees José Luís da Cruz Vilaça and Ricardo Oliveira lead the competition team at Pereira Sáragga Leal Oliveira Martins Júdice & Associados (PLMJ). The large practice wins accolades from rivals, who cite it as a leader in the Portuguese bar. The partners are supported by six senior associates, one senior consultant, four associates and three trainees.

The group handles a wide variety of competition cases. It is assisting the Czech Republic in state aid and public procurement proceedings, and advising the regional government of Madeira on state aid matters. Coca-Cola and Unilever Jerónimo Martins both rely on the firm for compliance advice.

PLMJ continues to represent Eurest - part of the Compass Group - in what the firm describes as the largest antitrust proceedings opened by the authority to date. And it is assisting Glintt in national competition litigation. At the European level, the firm is acting for several associations of tomato processors in EU litigation.

Meanwhile on the transactional side, the competition team is handling merger control-related to Essilor’s acquisition of Shamir Optical. It is steering through Brambles’ acquisition of IFCO, as well as advising Cimpor and Unicer on merger control. Lactogal is another client; it retained PLMJ to work on its acquisition of Renoldy.

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